10/15/16: Make America knit again.

An LYS in Oklahoma has a special promotion going right now, Make America Knit Again. I like the slogan just on face value and the idea that knitters and crocheters can inspire others to take up their craft and make more “makers” in this country. The best way I can think of to do that is to wear and show off your handmade items out there in public, on the street, in your workplace, in the homes of friends and family. Who knows how many folks you could inspire? (Don’t want to teach them yourself? Just send them our way.) The FOs this time around would inspire anyone to pick up needles and yarn.

Brigid’s Sasha Wrap* is the very first FO made with our new Alta Moda Cashmere 16. I only wish you could swipe your screen to feel how soft this one is. The tagua nut button gives it just the perfect finish. Designer is Sarah Smuland.

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Another project of Brigid’s shows not only that this knitter has a flair for picking just the right finishing touch but also knows her way around hand-dyed yarns. Her Georgetown Poncho* from Martha Wissing was made with Tosh Vintage from madelinetosh. She expertly alternated skeins to avoid color pooling.

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Her choice of JŪL buttons, to offset the neckline and create “sleeves” at the sides, was genius!

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Brigid’s third and final FO this post is Whipped Berries, a free pattern from SplitStitch Designs. Two skeins of Malabrigo Caracol made a supersized cowl that can be wrapped once or twice for extra lusciousness.

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Time to switch gears, from super bulky to lace: Wanda’s Jadis* is an ethereal beauty, designed by Susanna IC. Wanda used Freia Lace.

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And, of course, there are beads!

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Joanne used a personal pattern for this little cutie hat of Sirdar Snuggly.

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Our newest shop sample is Jill’s Trimont Snood* in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers. We tell folks wool will soften with washing, and this is a great example. Woolstok is Peruvian Highland wool and is soft in the skein, but knitting and a good soak in Soak turn it into a luxury yarn. The pattern comes from designer Sylvia Hager.

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There’s a new yarn in the shop you really should see (and touch) in person: Milella from Cascade. If you like certain Japanese gradient yarns, you will love this smooth, soft blend of silk, wool, and nylon. It stripes with long stretches of deeply saturated colors. It’s always a pleasure to watch how the the colors seem to bloom right on your needles.

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Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!

 

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